Dallas To Start Towing More Uninsured Motorists
DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Police Department will begin enforcing the Uninsured Motorist Ordinance this Thursday, with the start of the new year.
Approved by the Dallas City Council on May 28, the new law says that drivers who are stopped for a traffic violation and cannot provide proof of the state-required auto insurance will have their vehicle towed at the owner’s expense.
Currently, uninsured drivers in Dallas are only towed in the event of a traffic accident. The new ordinance extends towing to any traffic violations.
This new ordinance comes as a response to a large number of Dallas drivers traveling the roads without the proper insurance. The Dallas Police Department says that they issue approximately 75,000 citations every year to drivers who are uninsured.
According to the city, uninsured drivers put an unfair burden on those motorists who are properly insured.
The city hopes that the new ordinance convinces more drivers to comply with the law and become properly insured.
Towing Ordinance – Towing Uninsured Motorist
Beginning January 1, 2009 the Dallas Police Department will begin enforcing the Uninsured Motorist Ordinance, approved by the Dallas City Council on May 28, 2008. Under this ordinance drivers stopped for a traffic violation who cannot show proof of auto insurance meeting state requirements will be issued a citation and will have his or her vehicle towed at the owner’s expense. The City already tows the vehicles of uninsured motorists involved in traffic accidents. The new ordinance is in response to the large number of people driving in the City of Dallas without the proper state required auto insurance. These uninsured drivers place an unfair burden on those who comply with state law and maintain auto insurance. The Dallas Police Department currently issues about 75,000 citations a year to motorists with no auto insurance. With the new ordinance, the city anticipates fewer of these citations as more drivers comply with the law to avoid having their vehicles towed.
To find out more about the Uninsured Motorist Ordinance that amended Section 28-4 of the Dallas City Code, please review the ordinance.
If you have any questions about this policy please call 311 (the City of Dallas’ Customer Service Helpline) or 214-670-5111 when calling outside the City of Dallas.